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Old 04-05-2013, 01:03 AM   #1
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Wrap around window protector

I just purchased a new TT and realized that both front wrap around window protectors (the smoked plastic rock guards) are either cracked or broken. As they are thin plastic, they appear to be something that can be replaced (I imagine that UV can wreck them and make them brittle or fragile). The aluminim frames in which they sit could also use a bit of TLC. Can they plastic be replaced or do I need to replace the entire unit? Where can I find replacements? Who sells them? Any other thoughts, comments or ideas?
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Old 04-05-2013, 06:21 AM   #2
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they are available as a set of three from any Airstream dealer, but are pretty expensive plus a lot for shipping. You will be looking at around $1000.- to replace them, if you do the work yourself.
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The stone guard aluminum panels below the windows are in good shape, but one of them has been pushed in. It did not deform the panel, but it did bend the hinge behind the panel. The hinge will also need to be replaced. Ouch!

When rebuilding the frames for the windows, I noticed there was some sort of paste or putty (used to seal the mitred corners, I think) in the corners where the vertical pieces meet the horizontal ones. Some corners show a small amount of separation. What is this material and how is it used when rebuilding the frames? DO the windows need to be placed into some sort of weather stripping or rubber edge seal? Is there any info that deals with the rebuilding/reburbishment of these windows?
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The stone guard aluminum panels below the windows are in good shape, but one of them has been pushed in. It did not deform the panel, but it did bend the hinge behind the panel. The hinge will also need to be replaced. Ouch!

When rebuilding the frames for the windows, I noticed there was some sort of paste or putty (used to seal the mitred corners, I think) in the corners where the vertical pieces meet the horizontal ones. Some corners show a small amount of separation. What is this material and how is it used when rebuilding the frames? DO the windows need to be placed into some sort of weather stripping or rubber edge seal? Is there any info that deals with the rebuilding/reburbishment of these windows?
Replacing them, is the best choice.

Not cheap, but at least they will last another 20 years, or so.

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Old 04-06-2013, 12:15 AM   #6
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Santa? Are You There?

Although I purchased my TT for a good price, there are several items that need attention and, likely, several smaller items or details as well. The costs really add up fast. And some of them cost more than I thought they would. I have no problem doing different jobs, but lately it seems like as soon I finish one I have to start another! Perhaps I should add several of these things on my 'wish list' and see if Santa will be kind to me this year! Maybe I'll get lucky!
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